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Melanoma and Sarcoma

An experienced radiation oncology team at Johns Hopkins specializes in the treatment of melanoma and sarcoma. As part of a larger multidisciplinary oncology team that works together to diagnose and treat cancer, our team of radiation oncology specialists, including physicians, medical physicists, dosimetrists, nurses, and therapists, creates an individualized radiation therapy plan developed for each patient’s specific needs.

Most melanoma tumors are treated with surgery. In some cases, however, radiation may be recommended when the cancer has spread, to reduce the risk of recurrence or for pain relief.

While bone sarcomas are not usually treated with radiation, radiation is used to treat soft-tissue sarcomas before surgery.

At Johns Hopkins, both melanoma and soft-tissue sarcoma are treated with external beam radiation, which includes 3D conformal radiation therapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT).

Meet Deb Frassica, M.D., Radiation Oncology Expert

Meet Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center's Radiation Oncologist, Deb Frassica and listen to her discuss sarcoma treatment at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.

The safety and well being of our patients and their families are always the primary concern of every member of the radiation oncology team. We have developed a comprehensive safety program that is unique to Johns Hopkins. As an international leader in radiation safety, our standards for safety serve as an example for other academic and community-based radiation practices. Our safety program not only complies with state and national protocols, it goes well beyond those protocols by integrating innovative safety techniques developed by experts on our staff.

Through our clinical research, we offer our patients the most effective and safest therapies available, in addition to clinical trials that patients can choose to participate in.

To find out more about radiation oncology at Johns Hopkins, call 410-502-8000 or e-mail

The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center offers overviews of treatment for melanoma and sarcomas at Johns Hopkins.

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